Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect at my free implant or denture consultation?

When you come in for your free consultation, you will fill out paperwork so we can get to know you better. Next you will meet a dental assistant for x-rays and 3D imaging. An examination is then completed by the dentist. The dentist will recommend a treatment plan and answer any of your clinical questions or concerns. You will then meet with one of our Treatment Coordinators who can help answer any remaining questions, help secure financing and schedule future treatment.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

In our experience, most people can safely receive dental implants. Even age is not necessarily a factor when determining dental implant placement. Whether you’re missing one tooth or many, dental implants may be the best choice for you. Plus, at My Smile San Diego Dental Center, our doctors are experienced in treating patients with complex cases that may even have been turned away by others. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to visit us for a free consultation.

How long do dental implant procedures take?

Implant procedures are done in one visit. A single implant can be done in one hour. Procedure time varies depending on how many implants we are doing.

Will I have to miss work to get dental implants?

Recovery time differs for every patient but many patients say they don’t experience significant discomfort and don’t even need pain medication after the procedure. Many patients return to work the very next day.

Will I have to go without teeth or my dentures during the teeth replacement process?

No. After the procedure, you will leave our office with temporary teeth or denture that allows you to eat and enjoy your everyday life.You will return to our office some time later where we'll replace your temporary teeth with your new, permanent teeth or denture.

How long is the implant recovery period?

Recovery time differs for every patient but many patients say they don’t experience significant discomfort and don’t even need pain medication after the procedure.

Are implant procedures expensive?

Thanks to precise technology and our all-inclusive centers, the cost of dental implants is much less than it was even a few years ago. However, many of our patients still need financing options to help pay for the procedure. That’s why we work closely with leading healthcare financing companies to provide payment plans for our patients who qualify. During your consultation, we will help figure out a financing strategy that fits your budget. Together, we’ll explore every option available.

Will my dental insurance cover implant treatment?

We accept many dental insurance plans and will file claims on your behalf, saving you the time and hassle. Our knowledgeable benefit coordinators can help you maximize your dental benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket cost. We will tell you upfront what your insurance plan will pay for and offer options for taking care of any remaining balance.

Do you offer financing?

We offer many financing options to make quality dental care a reality for thousands every year. _We accept most Indemnity Insurance* _We accept most major credit cards: MASTER CARD, VISA, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS _CASH AND PERSONAL CHECKS accepted _We offer 24 Month-NO INTEREST financing with Lending Club and Care Credit on approved credit.

Are implant procedures painful?

Our doctors do everything they can to make you as comfortable as possible. Depending on the procedure, you can elect to have local anesthesia or sedation. Many of our patients opt for sedation so they don’t feel anything during the procedure. Afterwards, most of our patients report that they experienced far less pain than anticipated.

Can I bring someone with me for support?

Yes. In fact, we recommend that you bring family or a friend. They’ll help you feel more at ease before the procedure and afterwards, you’ll be able to show them the new you!

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Sedation dentistry allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a simple cleaning to extensive treatment. For those with severe dental anxiety, dental sedation can be the answer to receiving the dental care you need.

What sedation dentistry options do you offer?

Dental sedation varies depending on the patient and their medical history. We will go over all your options when you come in for your free consultation.

Will implants look like my real teeth?

Dental implants actually become an integrated part of your mouth because they adhere to the jawbone, just like “real” teeth. You’ll be able to brush, floss, eat and smile as if you’d had these teeth your entire life. You can even customize the shape, color, and size of your teeth to make them look completely natural.

What if I choose not to replace my teeth?

The most obvious effect of missing teeth is aesthetic. The way you look affects the way you feel, and the psychological and social consequences of tooth loss can also be profound. But it's not just about unsightly gaps. A lost tooth can lead to bone loss that collapses the face, makes chewing difficult, alters your speach and prematurely ages. If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, contact our office today for a FREE consultation and learn all your tooth replacement options.

What do I need to bring to my first dental appointment?

Dental Insurance Card (if applicable) Identification such as Driver's License, Military ID or State ID

What  kinds of dentistry do you offer?

We perform general dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry and implant dentistry right here in our office so there's very rarely a need for us to refer our patients anywhere else.

Do you take dental emergencies?

Yes. Whether you are a new or existing patient, we will see you. Call our office to schedule.

What will my first dental appointment look like?

When you come in for your first appointment, you will fill out paperwork so we can get to know you better. Next you will meet a dental assistant for x-rays. An examination is then completed by the dentist. You will receive a treatment plan for any dental treatment you may need or want. You will check out with the receptionist and make your next appointment.


Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry

"They Do Everything Here. Super Convenient!"


We've never been referred out to another specialist's office. They offer most treatments here. Super convenient!

The Rubino Family - Bonita, CA